Archive for August, 2012

This weekend was the Verb Classic race at Oatfield.  Because I broke my wrist last weekend, I was not able to race.  My (51 FIFTY/ Moto Efx) team was racing and my family and I went to the race to support the other riders.  It was a lot of fun to have the whole team together and hangout with the guys.

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All of the guys on the team did really awesome in all of thier races!

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I was so sad that I couldn’t get on the track and ride!  I sat on the side, held my friends little dog and watched the action.

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I did try to show support on my broken arm with some stickers.

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After the races were over the team and I went to the race shop to get ready for an outing with the guys.  The shop was soooooo awesome!  It was full of 51 FIFTY Energy drinks.

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And some of Carlos’ race cars were there.  I even got to sit in a couple of them.  I felt like I was a Nascar racer….they were totally cool.

20120827-113331.jpg20120827-113340.jpg20120827-113348.jpgWhen everyone got to the shop we all went to the Portuguese Bull Fights.  The Carlos Vieira Foundation was hosting a bloodless Bullfight Festival to benefit Autism and Cancer.  I have never been to a bullfight before and I am Portuguese so I was excited to see what it was like.  This is a picture of me and all the guys from the team getting ready to watch the show.  20 of us went to the event and we had awesome front row seats to watch the show.

20120827-113437.jpg The fight was so fun!  I couldn’t believe how many people were there.  The place was huge and they didn’t even have enough seats for everyone.  The show was so cool.  We saw guys in the ring with capes with the bulls, guys on horses fighting with the bulls, and teams of people who jump on the bull and try to hold them down.  (I am sure all of these things have names, but I don’t know what they are) My pictures are really bad because everything was happening really fast.

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I got a video of the guys that catch the bull…..it is kinda hard to see.  The guys wait for the bulls to run at them, they all hold him down and then they hold his tail while everyone gets out of the ring.  It was totally crazy.

I was really sad I couldn’t ride, but I had an amazing time hanging out with all my friends from the team.  Thank you Carlos for inviting us to the bullfights it was awesome.  Everyone will have to go to the next event the CVF has, they are totally awesome. Go to www.raceforautism.net for more information, and check back often for new events.

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This last weekend started off great.  On the way to the Oatfield race I stopped at BOSS to pick up my bike and all of my new suspensions.  Matt does an amazing job getting my bikes exactly how I like them……I don’t know how he does it.  My suspension has never been so good.  Thank you BOSS.

20120820-140425.jpgAfter we picked up my bike we stopped for some food.  I got a foot long hot dog and it was really hard to hold.

20120820-140432.jpgWe got to the track on Friday night and we went to bed early to get some rest for an exciting race weekend.  Saturday morning I was excited to practice and my suspension had never been better.  I felt very good on my bikes and the track was awesome.  I was having a ton of fun clearing everything and I was riding really fast and smooth. Half way through practice my bike landed in a hole, it kicked just as I was hitting another roller and I was flying through the air.  I took a really hard hit and I knew right away that something was wrong with my wrist.  I was in a lot of pain and I wasn’t having any fun at all.

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20120820-140619.jpgI decided to FIX the “pain scale”

On a scale of 0 to 51FIFTY……Which one do you think I am?

20120820-140612.jpgThen the medicine just made me silly.  The splint they put on my arm was silly looking and it hurt so I made a hat out of it.

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20120820-140647.jpgWe decided to stay at the track and watch some races and I hated it.  It was really fun to watch everyone ride and cheer them on, but I really wanted to be on the track with them.

20120820-140654.jpg20120820-140701.jpg20120820-140709.jpgOatfield was kinda strange this weekend because several people left with kinda major injuries.  Scalvini and I both got broken wrists, Reed got a really bad concussion….and I heard that more people had broken collar bones, and other injuries.  I hope my friends and I have a very fast recovery so we can all get back on the track.

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My neighbor Pat felt bad for my injury so we went for a ride in his razor…..it is totally cool.

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While I was in Tennessee my class was starting school. As soon as I got back it was time to start the fourth grade and catch up on all the classwork I missed while I was gone for the week. If you remember last year I wrote about my ( first day of third grade )and I shared pictures of the first day of school every year. This year my sister and I couldn’t take pictures together because her first day was while I was gone and my first day was a week later.20120816-095449.jpg20120816-095438.jpg

So back to school to practice multiplication, division, and spelling and back to the track to practice for next years Nationals.  Even though it was way hot in Tennessee, it has also been really hot here at home. I have still been able to get a little practice in……

Practice makes perfect……so I will see you at the track!

 

 

51 FIFTY Energy Drink just came out with a commercial…..Feel the MACA!

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I have to talk to 51 FIFTY about casting…..I don’t know why I wasn’t asked to play the boyfriend. 🙂

Feel the Madness!

With the help of my family and friends I had made it to Tennessee, Carlos from 51 FIFTY helped us with our bike, Larry with Moto Efx created some totally cool graphics and Matt from BOSS worked on my suspension…..my bike was ready to ride!

The Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s is the Olympics for dirt bike racers. You have to qualify through multiple races to earn a spot in the main event in Tennessee. Kids qualify from all over the world including Japan, Australia, and Brazil. Each class has only 43 kids that earn spots to the event. All of the races were really fun to watch because we get to see people from other states around the world and everyone is really fast.

I am not sure how we did it, but with people parked miles from the track…. We got the best spot in the place. We parked right behind the mechanics area in view of the starting gate and most of the track. Our spot was the place most people went to watch the races which was perfect because it gave me a chance to promote my sponsors a little.

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My first day on the track was for one 20 minute practice session. When we got to the track in the morning we were a little sad that it was raining. It is difficult to get a good practice on a track that is all muddy and messy.

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My practice didn’t go to well…I fell a couple of times and most of the jumps were too wet for anyone to hit. I was defiantly at a disadvantage with most of the kids in my class. Out of the 43 riders in my class 38 of them are a year older than I am, and they have been to the race in previous years and they had the advantage of already knowing the track. Although I was hoping for a better practice I couldn’t wait for the next day to race.

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After practice. We went back to our hotel, washed my bike, and I helped my Dad change the oil.

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The first race of the week each rider picks a number and that is the order we pick our starting spot. I was really lucky and I picked number 3 so I had a really good pick.

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When the gate dropped I was ready to go. I was able to be the first person out of the gate and I got the hole shot. I couldn’t believe that I got such a great start…..it was totally cool. Both because I wasn’t completely comfortable on the track and my bike didn’t turn as well as some of the other kids bikes, I fell back a little but was able to pull off a 9th place finish. It was soooooo hot and I am not used to riding in that much heat for a 20 minute race. When I came around to get the checkered flag, I cleared the jump before the finish but when I landed my hand slipped off the handlebar and I went flying. I was thrown through the finish line and my bike flipped through it as well. So I finished in 9th place but I wasn’t even on my bike when I crossed the finish line. Lol

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Because I finished in the top 10 I had to go to the leaders tent after the race. I also got to go on the podium because I got the hole shot and I won a $100 from the Motorcycle Superstore.

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It was really cool to get on the podium at Loretta’s and have a chance to thank all of my sponsors.

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The next day was my second race and it was the last race of the day. The track was super rough and the weather started to change. It was still super hot, but the wind came up a little and the rain was expected at any time. I was hoping I would be able to finish my race before it started raining. I had another good start and I had some really good battles and made some hard passes. Towards the last 3laps of my race I started seeing lightning coming down on the track. It never rained but it was really strange to be riding and seeing huge flashes of light. I was able to finish the race with a 10th place and be under the top 10 tent for a second time.

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Michael from 51 FIFTY Energy Drink flew into Tennessee and was there to watch me ride my last race. Before my race Michael and I got to hang out and have some fun watching the races. He even introduced me to other riders and we got to talk about the track.

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Ten minutes before my last race I was getting dressed to race and out of nowhere a huge tree fell in our pit area. Luckily we were getting ready to race and not sitting in our chairs. The tree destroyed our easy up and bent the handlebars on my bike. My Dad didn’t have enough time to change my bars so I had to race with them bent. It was so crazy that the tree fell, and I am so happy that no one was hurt.

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In my last race I again got a good start, I had to make a couple hard passes and was able to finish in 9th place…..which gave me a 9th place overall finish. Three races, three times in the tent and a top 10 finish….I was pretty happy with that for my first time there. From race one to the final race I increased my lap times by 10 seconds and kept improving on different sections of the track. I can’t wait to improve on what I learned this year at next years race.

After my last race Michael took me to the river to get cooled off….it felt so good!

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Thank you Michael for all your support….you and the 51 FIFTY TEAM ROCK!

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After all the races we went back to the Loretta Lynn pavilion for the awards ceremony. I was really excited to be able to make it to the awards ceremony and be in the top 10 (1 percent) of racers that make it to the event.

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As i left Discovery Bay for my trip my family were standing on the side of the road with signs wishing us a great trip it was really cool that my family was so excited to support me.

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My trip to Tennessee was a 2,300 miles and it took us about 35 hours to drive. We started in Northern California, drove through Southern California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and finally we made it to Tennessee. All I can say is that my parents were really happy that I am sponsored by an energy drink company…..thanks for the 51 FIFTY Energy Drinks.

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During this trip we had fun doing a little sight-seeing and playing. After 25 hours we made our first stop in Oklahoma City and we went for dinner on the river walk. It was really hot but it was really pretty and it was nice to get out of the car and walk around.

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After dinner we had ice cream and then we got back on the road till our next stop.

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Our next stop was in Memphis Tennessee and we went to Graceland to see the home that Elvis lived in.

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We toured the house, his cars, and his airplanes…..I tried on his glasses, and we Took Care of Business.

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The house was really pretty on the outside

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and the inside was decorated really crazy

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Behind the house is a club house where Elvis liked to play racquet ball and it has the piano where Elvis played his last song the morning of his death. The racquet ball room was converted into walls of gold records.

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I didn’t know that Elvis and his family was buried in the yard.

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Then we checked out his old cars.

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I like the Lisa Marie….his airplane was really cool. He had a huge airplane that was converted with a sitting area, dining table and a full bedroom and bathroom.

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After a very long trip we finally arrived at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and I was so excited.

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The place was so crazy! Loretta Lynn lives on 600 acres and people were camping for miles. I found an Ariel shot of the property but it doesn’t show that people are camping all through the trees….it was a huge event.

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On the property we took a tour of Loretta Lynn’s house. After her kids were older and moved out. She built the home she lives in now and the started giving tours of this old home that was used in the Coal Miners Daughter movie.

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Her house is right next to a beautiful dam along the river that runs through the property.

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They also have the small 3 bedroom home that her parents and her 8 brothers and sisters grew up in. My parents didn’t know that Crystal Gail was Loretta Lynn’s little sister.

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In the museum they had her original tour bus that was really cool. It had a full bedroom that Loretta slept in and little bunks that the rest of the band slept in.

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We also got to go on a tour of a pretend coal mine. It was cool.

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Back at the track….my parents bought me a Traxxis car and I played on the mini track. I really liked jumping the car.

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Several pro riders were at the track throughout the week…Ryan Villapoto, Blake Bagget, Bubba Stewart, etc. I watch Villapoto ride his new 2013 bike for the first time after being off with his injury. I watched the GOAT(Greatest Of All Time) Ricky Carmichael race which was totally cool. Carmichael was so fast and he was jumping things that no one else was able to do. Here is a picture of me and the GOAT.

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At the Loretta Lynn pavilion we signed in, got my racing bib, and our program with my picture in it.

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I took my report card and I was given Loretta Lynn’s honor roll award and got to put a LL A+ on my bike.

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We had a lot of fun, but I couldn’t wait to get on the track and race……

To be continued….